From Kristan Higgins: Happy Ever After cliches from movies. My hair is curly and wild when I’m in love! You have a secret cabin (Yes, what is UP with the secret cabin hidden in the woods as a shorthand for secret sensitivity [he likes trees!] and need for isolation [poor lonly man]?)! This cracked me up.
From Rhea, a link to Sarah Rees Brennan, YA Author, who does a summary of the kickass heroines she’s found in romance of late:
Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare
LUCY: Hello Jeremy here I am at your door!
JEREMY: What are you doing here, Lucy?
LUCY: BRINGING THE MACK!
JEREMY: As a gentleman in times of yore at a respectable household inhabited only my best friend and his little sister, I was not expecting the mack.
LUCY: Okay, did the mack work? Because I’m practising for another dude, so any tips are welcome, over here.
JEREMY: Lucy please! I may swoon.
LUCY: Oooooh, so the mack worked really well?
While that particular book didn’t work for me, the opening scene is a hell of a power punch, and I am going to use “BRINGING THE MACK” at every opportunity.
In other news: the Inkwell Bookstore, located in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is reporting the news that Harlequin has launched self pub Harlequin Horizons with the following statement:
Having grown bored with simply warping the romantic fantasy worlds of their reality-deprived readership, Harlequin has teamed up with print-on-demand publisher Author Solutions to eff with their readers’ writing fantasies as well.
O RLY? I hate when my romantic fantasy world is warped by bookstores who denigrate the readers of one of the most profitable genres of the bookselling industry.
Thanks to Carolyn for the heads up.
Yay and Nay and Something Else Entirely!
Comics Alliance offers up the worst sex scene in comics, from a masterpiece of WTFery called “Rawbone” which “is entirely about pirates raping each other until they die.”
The descriptions and dialogue (NSFWOMGWTFHELP) are so bad, you think it’s a joke. But the parodies at the end are even better. You throbbing fish, you. Rwor.